Cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal ID'd as Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers
Cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal ID’d as Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

Palestinian cousins Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal [Udai Abu Jamal] have been identified as the west Jerusalem synagogue attackers. Neither man was known to have extremist ties.

The four dead at Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, a 68-year-old British-Israeli citizen, Mosheh Twersky, Arveh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine, who are Israeli-Americans. Seven others were injured when the cousins stormed the Kehilot Yaakov synagogue with meat cleavers, knives and a gun.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attacks and vowed to demolish the homes of the attackers and their family. Sky News reports Palestinian radio called the attackers “martyrs” and Hamas praised the attack.

Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal are from the Jerusalem district of Jabal Mukaber. The FBI has launched an investigation since three of the victims were Americans.

Israel will now ease its strict restrictions on carrying weapons for self-defense. The Times of Israel:

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch pledged to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense after a gruesome terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead Tuesday

It was not clear exactly what new measures would be put in place, but it was reported that the move would apply to anyone licensed to carry a gun, such as private security guards and off-duty army officers.